Dennis Healy & Co. are specialist personal injury solicitors in Cork. If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s wrongdoing, we can provide you with expert legal advice in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
We offer advice and guidance through all stages of the litigation process and aim to make the process as stress free as possible. Where possible, we will also facilitate you to utilise alternative dispute resolution mechanisms such as mediation and arbitration.
Our solicitors can provide you with initial advice regarding your personal injury claim and if you decide to proceed with your case, we will prepare and lodge the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) application on your behalf (where applicable).
PIAB will then assess your claim and possibly make an award. If this award is accepted by both you and the other party, the matter will be at an end but if either party rejects the award and you wish to pursue the matter further, we can issue court proceedings on your behalf.
If you are thinking about taking a case for personal injuries, it is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible because there are strict time in which to issue proceedings.
Usually, you have two years from the date of knowledge of an injury to bring a personal injuries claim. This time period will begin to run from the date that you became aware of an injury however, there are exceptions to this rule.
Medical Negligence cases are treated a little differently from other personal injury cases. For example, they are not assessed by PIAB.
In personal injury claims, the clock on the two-year time limit stops when the PIAB application has been made. As the Injuries Board does not assess medical negligence claims – the only way to stop the clock on the two-year time limit is to issue court proceedings. It is important to note that before court proceedings can be issued, you must have an independent medical expert assess the case and issue a medical report.
It is advisable to contact a solicitor immediately following an accident to discuss the next steps in making a claim.